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Fender Greta Reviews

4.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • joe from crofton
    from crofton md July 18, 2012Music Background:
    long time amateur

    just because

    The really funky old-school factor caught my attention. If you need to play at midnight, and maybe you don't want to wake up your wife, then you can actually go down stairs and crank it and not get yelled at. Greta overdrives progressively, and goes from a little raunch (think of 1950's little tube amps for beginners) to creamy (Gender Champ, gain up), to saturation (think "Shine" by Collective Soul). I wish that they had figured out a handle, though. Buy this amp. Use it as a pre-amp for the Excelsior by Fender. Use it to not upset your family. And the cute factor means you don't have to leave it in your office.

  • Neal Vaisey
    from webster NY USA June 16, 2012Music Background:
    Bluesman for 45 years and luthier as well

    Sweet Little Tube Amp Combo

    This is a great little tube combo for low volume use as well as recording. It's a big plus for me to have an amp that looks like an old radio thus no complaints from the mrs if I leave it in the kitchen! I read an earlier review that mentioned the need for a "break in period" I couldnt agree more, this is true of all amps to some degree, but more so in this case, that small speaker is built to tight tolerances and mellows very nicely after several hours. I compare this favorably to a couple small amps I've owned for a while, My old Pignose and a Blackheart Killer ant that I hot rodded with a Bitmo kit. I'll be looking for a similar mod kit for this as it sounds very much like the killer ant did before the mod. Lastly as with most amps you gotta take some time to get used to Greta, she'll grow on ya!

  • John
    from Birmingham, AL. August 10, 2012Music Background:
    Gear Head

    Just so dang cute

    If you are looking for head room and clean chimey tones then you should look elsewhere. If you want a cool looking box of blues then check the Greta out!

    Despite it having only a Gain and Volume knob, the back panel makes the Greta very versatile. The 4" speaker is a bit of a drawback but plugged in to a cabinet this thing sings. Oh yea, and the VU meter is just a cool gimmick. Break in period on the speaker is a MUST.

  • Dave
    from Charlton, MA USA August 2, 2012

    Great Little Greta

    I was skeptical about what sound quality would show up with the Greta's little 4 inch speaker. Pleasantly surprised! This little amp really sounds good, Even with it's tiny speaker. I like it. The sound from this little is amp is awesome. Push up the volume and get a bit of grit. Wow! Very appealing distortion. Push it through a pair of greenback's, another wow. Very Happy with this little gal.

  • Mark
    from St. Louis December 29, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    The Great Greta

    Ok, if you want a really cool looking piece of eye candy in your studio or in your bookcase etc, whatever, it is worth the price alone just for that. As my wife said, OMG that is so cute! In use by itself it is not very loud but it does have a very nice sweet clean sound on one end and then can get incredibly raunchy on the other end. That said, if you plug it into another amp or speaker cabinet with more power or watts etc it will kick your butt. I don't think you will be disappointed, I like it and I use it and I'm keeping it.

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